This Wednesday, September 21, is St. Matthew’s Day, a good day to remember the importance of our Bible. Matthew is the writer of the first of the four gospels. (You can read his story in St. Matthew 9:9-13.) In the early days of the Lutheran church, September 21 was a festival day celebrating the Bible, God’s gift of His written Word — because this was the publication date of Martin Luther’s translation of the New Testament into German so that people could read the Bible themselves. This is an important year on the subject of the Bible, because it is the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Version.
On this website, under “Kids and Family” you can find a devotional schedule for the week. Even if you are not a member of our church, you are invited to make use of this. We want all our families to use this for help in their devotional life! There are Bible readings for adults, Bible stories for children to read right out of the Bible, and memory verses for our children. As a church we say that only the Bible provides us with what we believe, teach, and confess. We begin, then, by reading and hearing it.
We pray about this too, and it is our prayer for you: Blessed Lord, since You have caused all Holy Scriptures to be written for our learning, grant that we may so hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of Your holy Word we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one true God, now and forever. Amen.